Vocabulary Bingo at the DIF School. An excellent way to review Little Reader vocabulary!

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project in Mexico The students at the DIF school where KKIS volunteers are now working spent a day playing Bingo with their vocabulary words this week. It is an excllent way to review vocabulary! We printed Bingo cards with 25 words they have learned from daily use of the English language Curriculum  by Brillkids called Little Reader, which is a part of a Scholarship by EEECF through LLI-Mexico. The volunteers held larger images representing the words and called them out one at a…

Rainy Day class at DIF School – KKIS Project

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project in Mexico Rain has been falling heavily for days now in Playa del Carmen but the KKIS volunteers are still coming to help with our literacy and English programs. We arrived at school on Tuesday only to discover that the government had cancelled all school classes for the day. About 15 students had showed up anyway so we spent time in very small groups which was much less noisy and the kids got more of our attention. We started with conversation: Hello,…

Learning Parts of the Face at DIF School

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project in Mexico This week the volunteers reviewed the parts of the face vocabulary which the kids had learned with their English language Curriculum and computer program called Little Reader, which is a part of a Scholarship by EEECF through LLI-Mexico . Most of the students were on a field trip so the class was much smaller and quieter than usual. We gave each child a white board and marker and had them write and rewrite the…

Volunteers in DIF school classroom

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project of Little Learner Initiative – Mexico After two weeks of attending the DIF school everyday to teach the children how to use the English language Curriculum and computer program  by Brillkids called Little Reader, which is a part of a Scholarship by EEECF through LLI-Mexico, a larger group of volunteers began speaking with the kids in small groups two days a week. Each volunteer had between 6 and 10 students grouped around one end of a…

Teaching English at the DIF School – KKIS Project

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project in Mexico KKIS volunteers began teaching English this week at a new school, one that is part of DIF, the Mexico Social Services System which helps vulnerable adults and children. The kids at this school are ages 10-17, many of them are homeless, neglected, dealing with immigration issues and often from abusive family situations. Most of them don’t know any English and some of them even reside at the school because they have nowhere else to go. The kids are great. They…

Founding Futures (Cecily’s Fund, Zambia)

This report provides an update on the first year of the Founding Futures project at Bwafwano Integrated Services Organisation (BISO) Community School which focuses on early childhood development and education and has enabled pre-school facilities to be developed at BISO and within the local community. Written by Sally-Anne Saull [hr] Launched in March 2012, Founding Futures was supported by Brill Kids through an in-kind grant of five Little Reader kits including software, teacher guides and curriculum materials. Although it is too early to measure overall…

Team Children: Ending the Digital Divide (USA)

Team Children: Ending the Digital Divide Team Children’s mission is to create model replicable programs that ensure every child has the tools and opportunities they need to contribute and compete effectively in today’s digital global environment. Presently, their major areas of focus are on promoting the benefits and practices of rolfing/massage for babies and children, transforming preschool education, ending the digital divide, promoting youth training and development in the non profit sector. [youtube][/youtube] Team Children’s Digital Inclusion project has now collected, repaired, and distributed over…

Introducing Family Care, Indonesia

Written by Mrs. Anna Bittner, Family Care Indonesia Volunteer My family and I are engaged in volunteer Christian work in Indonesia. We have been active for the past 9 years in charitable works such as coordinating [clear]nutritional programs for the urban poor and offering institutional support for orphanages and schools. I have been using the Brill Kids reading program with my son, aged 2 years and 9 months, for the past six months. It is an tremendous asset in helping me keep up with his…

Cecily’s Fund (Zambia)

Educating Zambia’s Children Orphaned by AIDS With their Zambian partners, Cecily’s Fund provides Zambian orphans with everything they need to go to school. They also help some of them to go on to train as peer health educators and teachers. With an education, they have a far better chance of growing up to be self-reliant, live healthy, fulfilling lives – and bring hope to others. [Show slideshow] [pink]Background[/pink] Cecily’s Fund was delighted to receive the in-kind grant of five Little Reader kits including software, teacher guides and…

Teaching Ukrainian Orphans! (Firefly Ukraine)

[pink]Written by Larisa Enikeeva, Firefly Project Manager[/pink] Here is a little update from us: we started teaching English daily to a small group of 4 girls (Nastya, 14, Olya, 13, Oksana, 15 and Anna, 17) who learn from LR and some other materials we have. Even though they are older, LR is a good program for them to learn new vocabulary and reading. So attached are pictures of Maria, one of our teachers and Firefly volunteers, teaching the girls at our house. They live close by and…